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Major, Robert Joseph Anderson

Born: Mon., Mar. 31, 1958
Died: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 10, 2019
Location: Hatfield Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Fri., Jan. 11, 2019
Location: Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Jan. 11, 2019
Location: Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church

Committal Service with Military Honors

12:00 PM Fri., Jan. 11, 2019
Location: Southern Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery

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Major Robert J. Anderson
United States Air Force, Retired
March 31, 1958 - January 5, 2019

Major Robert J. Anderson, USAFR (Retired), went home to be with his Lord on Saturday the 5 of January, 2019, after suffering a stroke. Surrounded by his loving family, friends, and pets, he slipped his hand into that of an angel’s and was taken to his eternal home to meet his Saviour.

Bob was born to Robert L. Anderson and Rose Margaret (Simpson) Anderson, March 31, 1958, in Wood River, Illinois. Both parents preceded him in death. He married Dena L. Cox, April 9, 1983 and they had two children, Elizabeth Nicole (Anderson) Wright and James Robert Anderson.

Bob worked in his early years as a firefighter with the Cottage Hill Volunteer Dept., Cottage Hill, Illinois and progressed through the ranks to become the Fire Chief. He finished his Bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force (AF) where he became a Minute Man III Combat Crew Deputy. Again, working his way up the progression ladder, Bob was promoted to first lieutenant, then captain and became a Missile Combat Crew Commander. After a few years, he retrained into the Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Management career field, where he excelled at turning substandard units into exemplary organizations. He began at base level units and progressed up to Air Mobility Command Headquarters where he was promoted to Major and concluded his Air Force career. While on active duty, Bob participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Bob’s AF awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, three AF Commendation Medals, an Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

In the past several years Bob has worked as a Contract Management Supervisor, overseeing numerous contracts for U.S. military organizations.

Bob was an avid photographer, birder and hunter, who loved the outdoors and spent 1000’s of hours exploring the plains and mountains of Wyoming, Utah and Arizona. He supported the Humane Society and Border Animal Rescue.

Bob is survived by his Aunt ,Bernadette Foss of Chandler, Arizona; Brothers, Larry Kershner (Jenny) of Roxana, Illinois, and Michael Kershner of Chandler, Arizona; Sisters, Melody Kershner of Chandler, Arizona, and Casey Melson (Dan) of Phoenix, Arizona; His Brothers-in-law, James A. Cox of Wood River, Illinois, and David W. Cox (Shirley); along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation/viewing will be January 10, 2019, at Hatfield Funeral Home, Sierra Vista, from 5pm to 8pm.

Service will be January 11, 2019, at Evangelical Lutheran Church, from 10:30am to 11:45am, with burial at Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.

The family has asked that instead of flowers, that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Reba and Tim Dermody
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
Anderson family.

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. He was a wonderful man and was the reason that Tim and I moved to Sierra Vista.
Bob was Tim's first boss after his retirement from the Air Force. He was always ready to have a ear to listen when Tim would come over to visit.
May you find comfort in knowing that Bob's job on earth is done and now he is sitting at the table of our Lord.

Tim and Reba Dermody

Joshua Cox
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019


Dave Shoffner
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
Dena, Beth and James,

Thank you so much for allowing me to spend some time with Bob as he was on final approach to eternity. My circle of friends is tight and within that group, Bob is one I called a brother. It was a pleasure and honor to serve with Bob in the defense business and I'll miss his emails and great shots of the AZ wildlife and scenery!

Our prayers are with you guys as you grieve but celebrate a life well lived!


Ramona McCaa
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Bob was awesome. He was hired under our ECS contract and I was his site lead. He led the way and HT-JCOE staff loved him. He worked like none other and made a huge difference. We used to talk and I would send him notes of accolades. We used to laugh and encourage each other. The race is not given to the swift, but to the one that endureth to the end.
Blessing and prayers to the entire family.

   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences to the family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. The Bible assures us at Psalms 34:18 that God is near to those broken in heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your many memories help you find peace and comfort as you go through the coming days.